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Beginnings
     

Beginnings

by Memento
 

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On "Nothing Sacred," the opening track of its debut album, Beginnings, Memento comes across as a standard-issue contemporary heavy metal band circa the early 21st century, with the sledge-hammer drumming of Steve Clark overlaid by the thunderous bass playing of Lats and guitarist Space's big riffs, all to support

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On "Nothing Sacred," the opening track of its debut album, Beginnings, Memento comes across as a standard-issue contemporary heavy metal band circa the early 21st century, with the sledge-hammer drumming of Steve Clark overlaid by the thunderous bass playing of Lats and guitarist Space's big riffs, all to support lead singer Justin Cotta's inflamed vocal performance of typically enraged lyrical sentiments. As the album goes on, however, more subtle elements emerge. For one thing, Memento is more concerned with melody than many of its peers, at least to the extent of constructing powerful choruses and using background vocals to create hooks. In fact, the album becomes more musically diverse as it goes along, having established the band's metal bona fides at the outset; Cotta contributes some good solo piano work here and there, and there are even string charts on three tracks. And while anger, sometimes expressed in explicit terms, is at the core of Cotta's lyrics, there is also an important spiritual aspect to his words. On "Saviour," one of the better songs, there is even a backhanded statement of faith. Cotta's lyrics are a bit too vague and clichéd to provide a clear picture of what he's getting at, but there is definitely a lot of Christian imagery and, seemingly, a religious quest in there somewhere, along with all the rage. That helps lift Beginnings above many of the cookie-cutter metal albums on the market with it, and it makes it a debut album that augurs well for the future. [The CD's multimedia content includes suitably intense performance videos of "Nothing Sacred" and "Coming."]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998663121
catalogNumber:
86631

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Performance Credits

Memento   Primary Artist
Darius Campo   Violin
Steve Clark   Drums,Background Vocals
Larry Corbett   Celli
Joel Derouin   Violin
Evan Wilson   Viola
John Wittenberg   Violin
Edmund Stein   Violin
Rudy Stein   Celli
John Hayhurst   Viola
Justin Stewart Cotta   Group Member
Steve Clark   Group Member
Leighton "Lats" Kearns   Group Member
Space   Group Member
Gerardo Hilera   Violin
Sarah Hudson   Vocals
Michele Richards   Violin

Technical Credits

Toby Wright   Director,Producer,Engineer
Suzie Katayama   String Contractor
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Elliott Blakey   Engineer
Mike Butler   Engineer
Memento   Composer
Justin Stewart Cotta   Composer
Missy Worth   Management

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